My Head Start Story
Your #HeadStartStory Matters
Head Start California is working hard to increase public awareness of California’s Head Start community, provide better service to our members, and engage more deeply and collaboratively with the larger early childhood care and education community in California and across the country.
We are collecting stories to prepare for Head Start Awareness Month, celebrated in October. We want to hear your stories about how Head Start has impacted YOU. The stories received will help Head Start California continue to spread awareness about all of the great things Head Start does.
Send us a video telling us your Head Start Story! Participants will be entered into a raffle to receive one of five $100 Amazon gift cards!
This year, Head Start California is collecting videos of Head Start teachers, alumni and parents (and their kids!) explaining why Head Start is important for them. Creating a video is fast and easy using our tool below!
How it works:
Click on the link button below that corresponds to you role in Head Start (teachers/parent/alumni).
Click on Get Started to be directed to our video collection tool. You can review the questions and take notes if you want before starting.
- When you are ready, press “record” on question one. A timer will count you down, and then begin sharing your answer! When your answer is complete, you have the option to review and re-record, if desired. When you are satisfied with the result, hit “submit.”
Stories must be received no later than Wednesday, October 12! Choose your role below and submit your Head Start Story.
Haz clic aqui para leer instrucciones en español.
Click here for a link to instructions in English.
By clicking on the link above, you agree to allow Head Start California to use your image (and your child’s image, if you choose to include your child) to post videos, either alone or as part of a larger media production, that may be posted or linked to on social media posts, newsletters, flyers, posters, brochures, advertisements, fundraising letters, annual reports, press kits and submissions to journalists, websites, social networking sites, and other print and digital communications. The people reading your story may include lawmakers, policymakers, community members, early childhood education advocates, and the general public. Head Start California will not sell the video or give the rights to it to another entity without your permission.
Tips for filming a successful video:
We hope these videos will be candid conversations with Head Start teachers, parents, and staff. No preparation or fancy camera setups are necessary! Below are a few tips to help make a great video.
- Place your camera or phone at eye level so you are looking into it directly. Propping the camera or phone up on books may be helpful. If you are recording on a phone, place it on a stable surface (don’t hold it in your hand!)
- Ideally, choose a quiet space with natural light. The best lighting is when you are facing the light source (sitting in front of a window is usually great!)
- Frame yourself in the center of the video, facing the camera directly.
- If you are a parent, including your child, they can sit on your lap or reposition the camera or phone at a lower height to capture their face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are you collecting Head Start stories?
A: We are collecting stories to demonstrate Head Start’s impact and help decision-makers and influencers see why it’s so important to increase opportunities so that more families can participate in Head Start programs in California.
Q: What will you do with my story and who will see it?
A: Head Start California may distribute the videos we collect in a variety of forms and promotional channels, including but not limited to social media posts, newsletters, flyers, posters, brochures, advertisements, fundraising letters, annual reports, press kits, and submissions to journalists, websites, social networking sites, and other print and digital communications. The people reading your story may include lawmakers, policymakers, community members, early childhood education advocates, and the general public.
families can participate in Head Start programs in California.
Q: Can I help spread the word at my program?
We thought you’d never ask! Download this flier (English / Spanish)and provide it to teachers, parents, and anyone else. Thank you!